Little Rock Mayor Frank Scott Jr. has announced a series of measures designed to impact disadvantaged communities in the state’s capital city.
The city is partnering with the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) for a drive-thru testing site on Saturday, May 2. The testing site will be at 6401 Baseline Road.
According to Scott, the drive-thru is an effort to increase testing the city. He said that this drive-thru, which will be conducted through UAMS’ mobile testing unit, is designed to focus on the city’s black and brown communities.
“We have to have greater testing and be more intentional. This is the first of many steps of how we become more intentional in addressing the healthcare disparities here in our city,” Scott said.
As part of this effort, interpreters will be on-hand during the testing to assist Spanish speakers.
The testing will be held Saturday, May 2, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Southwest Community Center parking lot.
“Thank you to UAMS for recognizing the need to increase testing in our City,” Mayor Frank Scott, Jr. said. “Communities of color in Arkansas and the nation are experiencing a disproportionate share of incidences of COVID-19, and increased testing in areas that are predominately black and brown is crucial in ensuring we are providing the necessary services to slow and stop the spread of the virus,” Scott said in a statement.
In addition, both Kroger and Edwards Food Giant will be distributing thousands of masks at Little Rock stores. Scott said that the city has purchased 10,000 mask with city funds that will be reimbursed with FEMA funds.
Masks will be available at the following Kroger locations:
- 6420 Colonel Glenn Rd.
- 8824 Geyer Springs Rd.
- 1100 E. Roosevelt Rd.
Masks will be available at the follow Edwards Food Giant stores:
- 1701 Main Street
- 7525 Baseline Rd.